This will be my last message to you as as Commander of Roger B. Chaffee American Legion Post 154. I began my tenure as your Commander in May of 2014. For four years I have had the honor of serving as your Commander.
Post 154 has had its share of challenges and achievements over the past forty-eight months. In 2014 our Post was facing serious financial issues which the Legion, Auxilliary, and SAL, by working together as a team, have been able to overcome. Our Post is now fiscally sound. The Clubroom is a much busier and more profitable place than it was in 2014. In 2016 we introduced live music into the Clubroom. It was an action that was not universally supported when implemented, but has proven to be a very popular and profitable move. Now almost every weekend there is music in our Post.
We also made many improvements and repairs to our building and grounds. We repaired the roof. We replaced heating units. We replaced two water heaters. We added televisions in the Clubroom.
In addition, Post 154 has attracted the attention of the Wyoming community through our increased involvement in local veterans’ issues. For example, we donated $500 to the Wyoming Veterans Court just a few months ago. We routinely provide assistance and advice to area veterans. Post 154 is a very active participant in the American Legion Fifth District and Department of Michigan.
As I stated above, it has been an honor to serve you as your Commander. I will now move on to other duties. I will begin serving as Post Finance Officer and as Fifth District Commander in May. I am confident that our new Post Commander, Fred Youngs, will keep our Post moving forward. He and his new officers will work to ensure Post 154 remains the “Friendly Post”.
PS: The Annual Flagging of the veteran graves at Rosedale Cemetery will be later in May. Volunteers are needed. It is a very gratifying experience. Come out and help. Dates/times are on our webpage and flyers at the Post.